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Taking The Gods Home
In the late 19th century, lithographic presses in India began to create mass-produced images of the Hindu deities. An abundance of attractive and affordable images flooded homes and workplaces: on devotional prints, posters, calendars and merchandise labels. The images were widely shared, and certain scenes and poses became standards that are still used today.
Taking the Gods Home pairs these lithographic prints, many by Ravi Varma, with bommai clay figures from Southern India. Together, they democratised devotional images of the gods, making them available for every household puja.